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Patriot Ignite 480GB: Introduction
Patriot Memory is best known for its DRAM product line, especially the Viper series modules that is aimed at the enthusiast and overclocking crowd. Patriots work in the storage market is well documented with products such as the Pyro SE drives and portable flash drive such as the 256GB Patriot Supersonic Magnum thumb drive. Patriot has been pretty quiet for a while in the storage market, but recently came to market with a trio of PHISON NAND controller based drives that include the Torch, Blaze, and Ignite series of 2.5 inch form factor drives. On top of that, Patriot has just recently introduced the Ignite series M.2 form factor drives to take advantage of the functionality on the latest Z97 and X99 based platforms.
Getting back to the matter at hand the drive I have to look at today is the Patriot Ignite 480GB solid state drive. Patriot makes this drive in both 480GB and 960GB capacities, so capacity should not be an issue. Price usually a problem when you get to the larger flash drive capacities, but not so with the 480GB, which is selling now for a very competitive $189.99. When a drive is released, the design performance of established controllers are a known commodity. With only a few PHISON based drives on the market, you don't know exactly what to expect, but the specifications tell a pretty decent story with sequential read/write performance of 560MB/s and 545MB/s with 4K random read/write IOPS performance of 80K/75K IOPs. Well let's dig into how this drive performs to see if its going to be a good choice for your next build or upgrade.
Patriot Ignite 480GB: Closer Look
Stripped of the packaging, the Patriot Ignite series 480GB drive looks like the vast majority of solid state drives on the market. And it should, since it is built on the 2.5 inch form factor. Where it differs is that this drive is only 7mm thick. This allows for use in a wide variety of platforms from desktops to ever thinner portables. While staying within the confines of the 2.5 inch form factor, the drive visually has a great looking, distinctive graphic on the front of the drive. The red and black design would easily match any of the red and black themed boards on the market including the MSI Z87-GD65 gaming motherboard used as my test system.
The back side decal lists the part number, capacity, bus type, and warranty information. Looking around the drive the connectivity includes a SATA 6Gb/s data and SATA power connection for data transport and system power. Mounting the Ignite drive will not present any obstacles due to the form factor standard mounting points on the side and bottom of the drive. If you care to get creative, Velcro works in a pinch for mounting the drive should you chassis of choice not have 2.5 inch specific mounting options.
Internally the Patriot Ignite 480GB drive features a half sized PCB that houses Micron based MLC NAND. The 480GB version of the drive (960GB is available) is equipped with a 512MB DRAM cache supplied by NANYA. The 960GB drive doubles the DRAM cache to 1024MB. Where we get a bunch of new on this drive is in the PHISON S10 PS3110 quad core NAND controller. Three cores of the four are used to more efficiently manage the NAND for improved latency.
The Ignite drive comes with an extensive set of features including End-to-end data path protection (ETEP), Advanced wear-leveling, Advanced Garbage Collection, Smart ECC, Smart Refresh, Native Command Queuing (NCQ) - Up to 32 commands, and ECC Recovery up to 115bits/2KB. With the PHISON controller, Patriots Ignite 480GB drives are rated to deliver sequential read/write performance in the 560MB/s read/545MB/s write range. Pretty decent marks from this new controller.
It will prove interesting to see how this new drive from Patriot performs in our suite of tests. A new controller, low cost MLC NAND, and what looks like pretty impressive sequential performance specifications on paper may well deliver excellent performance at a modest price point.